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Setlist / Video | Wilco @ Chicago Theatre 2/23/17

Photo: @wilcoWhile there was plenty of overlap song-wise from night one (our full review of Winterlude's first night is HERE), the second night of Winterlude was its own animal.Starting with the opener, a take on Schmilco's "Normal American Kids", played as just a Tweedy / Cline duo.  "Company In My Back" and "The...

Setlist / Video | Wilco @ Chicago Theatre 2/22/17

Photo: @wrapthechancerWith dozens of shows in Chicago and the surrounding areas, last night was the the first for Wilco at Chicago Theatre (if you except an appearance on Conan O'Brien's show that was broadcast from the venue).Back in their hometown ("hello, neighbors" - Jeff Tweedy) and performing again for the first time since November,...

Setlist / Video | American Babies & Melk @ The Hideout - Dunn Dunn Fest 2/16/17

This year's Dunn Dunn Fest kicked off on Thursday with a set featuring Tom Hamilton's American Babies and one of the city's most cherished rooms, The Hideout.Hamilton led the band through a long set with several transitions and a handful of covers.  The Beatles and Dylan each got a prime cut, but Jerry...

VIDEO | George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Thalia Hall 2/19/17

"Shit.  Goddamn.  Get off your ass and jam."At least one Clinton has fared well since November.  George Clinton is brought Parliament Funkadelic to the lovely Thalia Hall for a sold out Sunday night gig.These four videos from Nunu Zomot capture the band in all of its freaky glory --...

Photos | Here Come The Mummies & The North 41 @ House Of Blues 2/18/17

Sure there are a lot of funk bands out there?  But there's probably only one that bill themselves as "the world's premier undead funk ambassadors".Here Comes The Mummies brought their mummified funk to a fairly packed House Of Blues on Saturday night.The super talented Tara Gracer was on hand with her camera...

AUDIO | Daniel Bachman & Friends @ Empty Bottle 2/3/17

Joel Berk (@pfcidb) was back at the Empty Bottle with his trusty recording device and was able to capture this set by guitarist Daniel Bachman, the typically solo performer flanked by a few friends for a pair of tunes.  The whole show is available to download via his sweetblahg and is streaming...

VIDEO | Chris Thile & Esperanza Spalding Join Snarky Puppy @ Ground Up Music Festival

Photo: @groundupfestIt's safe to say that Snarky Puppy's GroundUp Music Festival had one of the most ambtious forward looking jazz lineups that I've ever seen.  I anxiously await until they bring something like this closer to home than Miami Beach.  But for now, we've got several great captures of last weekend's action...

AUDIO | Marisa Anderson @ Beat Kitchen 12/3/16

I'm truly grateful when friends of the site are clued into amazing, ground-breaking music.  Guitarist Marsia Anderson had been on my radar at the time of the release of Into The Light, but sometimes new music gets crowded out given the pace of new releases these days.I'm glad that Joel (@pfcidb) put her...

Just Teasin': Greensky Bluegrass & Fruition Join Forces @ The Vic [Setlists / Audio]

 A photo posted by Keith Griner (@phierce_photo_by_keith_g) on Feb 12, 2017 at 11:50am PSTGreensky Bluegrass completed the first let of their 2017 touring plans, and the last show with openers Fruition, on Saturday night in Chicago.There were sit-ins on both sides, with Dave Bruzza joining Fruition for a cover of Ray Charles' "...

Review / Photos | Mark Farner and the N'rg Band @ Arcada Theater

By: Lisa Torem | Photos: Philamonjaro StudioThe interior of Ron and Rick Onestis Arcada Theater catches the eye with its gold-trimmed balcony and rose-colored ceiling, flanked with floating Cirrus clouds. This beautifully restored building once faced the possibility of demolition, yet here it stands, stately and timeless, thanks to the two brothers....